Suddenly

 

Suddenly Joel woke with the slow rhythmic warm blasts. Smoothing at first but, now it sent a sudden shudder fear through him. In the cave’s darkness, so different from the pathway and the trees, there was a presence that felt nearer and more threatening.

His only thought was to move away quickly and try to grab something. What could he grab, and thinking remembered the walking stick and a branch he tripped over and then pulled from the trees.  Keeping very still he posed himself to move.

The darkness closed about him thicker than ever and his heart pounded in his chest. Surely whatever it was could hear this beating and smell the fear.

 

Trees hold a clue

Trees line the path and murmur about the travellers making their way along the path. Speck looks up and into the trees above the dark starless sky beyond, blackness on darkness. They all stand still now listening and it is here that Rowan says,”Ssssh! Listen!”

Could it be the trees are speaking? What have they said and does that help or threaten?

The only way was forwards, the path behind seemed to close in so dark. They walked on now conscious that time was only by their watches or mobiles.  Keith looked at his mobile and saw 6:43 pm and a red bar showing 5% battery left.